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Special Edition: New Orleans BioDistrict

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Redevelopment Work Begins at
Old Charity Hospital

The hard hats are visible and the demo crews are in action at the site of Charity Hospital in Downtown New Orleans. The developer, 1532 Tulane Partners, plans an early 2025 re-opening with Tulane University as the anchor tenant. There will also be retail, apartments, and a museum that will tell the story of this sacred place in which tens of thousands of New Orleanians received life-sustaining health care. 

In 2018, the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation asked the Greater New Orleans Foundation to work with neighbors and other key stakeholders on a strategic plan to ensure that Charity's redevelopment catalyzes robust and equitable job growth in New Orleans' BioDistrict. The plan outlines opportunities for the area surrounding old Charity Hospital — addressing key priorities like job growth, workforce training, research and commercialization, improved transit, increased affordable housing, full participation of small and disadvantaged businesses, and green infrastructure to better manage stormwater.

The Foundation has made the development of a thriving regional biomedical innovation district one of its major civic initiatives.  


Consortium Including Foundation Among
Finalists for Economic Development
Administration Grant

The Gulf Coast Health Sciences Corridor consortium, for which the Greater New Orleans Foundation has provided significant financial support and includes the Foundation as its lead workforce partner, is a finalist for an up to $75M federal grant. Xavier, Tulane, LSU, and Delgado are some of the other partners. We are excited to share the 5-minute outline of the project, pitched by Kris Khalil of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, the consortium's lead applicant.

Watch the pitch >> 
Learn more about the proposal >>

LSU to Receive $75M to
Fund Cancer Research 

LCMC Health in New Orleans donated $75M to LSU as part of $245M worth of recently announced healthcare investments. LCMC's donation will shape cancer care across the state and will fund LSU researchers at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center in the heart of New Orleans' BioDistrict. The funding will keep patients, research, and doctors in Louisiana. It is being hailed as a game-changer in securing National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation and creating a healthier state for all of Louisiana's residents. 

Photo courtesy of The Advocate

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Our Greater Region

News and events from around the future BioDistrict. 
  • Tulane University has cut the ribbon on its brand-new downtown Innovation Institute. The institute, which will move into space in the redeveloped Charity Hospital building within the next few years, will "bring to the market the ideas and discoveries of Tulane faculty, researchers, staff and students, as well as local innovators, to fuel innovation in the Gulf South." Read about it here.
  • World-renowned cancer biology researcher Joe W. Ramos, Ph.D., is the new leader of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC). LCRC brings together top researchers from Tulane, LSU Health New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Ochsner Health to perform path-breaking research to seek cures for dozens of different cancers. LCRC is located in the heart of the BioDistrict and creates a hub for cancer research where resources, knowledge, and grants are shared. Learn more.
  • In response to community feedback, new boundaries have been set for the BioDistrict as a part of House Bill 797, authored by Rep. Royce Duplessis. This bill adjusts the authorities and boundaries of the BioDistrict and has passed and been signed into law as Act 354 of the 2022 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, paving the way for the City of New Orleans to consider funding for this economic development district.

The Good Word

What we’re reading and watching as inspiration for what's possible in New Orleans' BioDistrict.
  • profiled the St. Louis Cortex Innovation Community, which began in 2002 and has boosted the St. Louis economy exponentially. Read it here.
  • The Ion Innovation Hub in Houston's bustling innovation district held its grand opening in May. The Ion hosts tech and biomedical firms including Microsoft, Chevron Technology Ventures, Schlumberger, and Dow Chemicals plus startups like Liongard, Koda Health, and Clutch. The center, constructed in a former Sears department store, is 266,000 square feet and serves as the anchor for Houston's innovation district. Watch the video here. 
  • Downtown Rochester, Minnesota is seeing transformational growth thanks to the Destination Medical Center. DMC, anchored by the Mayo Clinic, is a 20-year $5.6 billion facelift for Rochester's downtown. Despite pandemic-induced challenges, the project is moving full steam ahead. Listen to the story here. 
Meet Dr. Trivia Frazier, founder and CEO of Obatala Sciences in New Orleans. Her nationally-recognized research in the fields of obesity, diabetes and regenerative medicine enables the testing of weight loss and cancer-targeting therapeutics without animal testing. Her firm got its start at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center on Canal Street.
Thanks for joining us for today's special edition of The Greater Good. 

Until next time!
The Greater New Orleans Foundation Team
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